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How to make beautiful calendars with iPhoto

Lesa Snider | Dec. 4, 2014
iPhoto's large, high-quality calendars make great gifts for friends and family, and they're easy to design.

Tweak the look
To replace a photo, drag it from the Photos panel onto the empty frame or existing photo. To change zoom level, click the photo on the page and use the resulting zoom slider. Drag to reposition the photo inside the frame (your cursor turns into a tiny hand).

Change the number of photos per page by clicking Layout in the toolbar. Pick a number of photos from the Layout menu--up to seven in some themes--and then click a design thumbnail to apply it. The Background thumbnails at the top of the Layout panel let you pick a color for any empty space the page contains (say, if you chose a layout that has a caption area at the bottom).

Mark special dates
Next, add photos to the date squares by dragging a thumbnail from the Photos panel onto the date itself (awesome for anniversaries and birthdays!). Double-click the photo in the calendar and use the resulting panel's slider to enlarge the picture within the square and then drag to reposition it. To add a caption, choose a location from the panel's "Photo caption" menu and enter some text. The photo fills the entire date square--hiding the date itself--so captions live outside the square: above it (circled), below it, or to its left or right.

For even more fun, click a date square and add your own text--great for planned vacations! Format the text by selecting it and clicking Options in the toolbar. You get font, style, size, color, horizontal and vertical alignment settings, as well as a Change Everywhere button that changes all your project's text in one fell swoop, including the title on the cover page.

Final edits and placing an order
You can also edit photos in Single Page view: click Options in the toolbar and choose from three color effects: B&W, Sepia, and Antique--this doesn't change the original photo in your library, just the one in your calendar. For more editing power, right-click the photo and choose Edit Photo, but this does change the original photo (nondestructively, of course).

When you're finished, click the All Pages button and drag to reorder pages within the calendar. When everything is just right, click Buy Calendar in the toolbar, complete the transaction, and then tap your toes until the postman delivers your masterpiece. To get a calendar by Christmas 2014, order by December 12 with standard shipping or December 17 with express shipping. Until next time, may the creative force be with you all!


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